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David Owen talks to Martin Bell

Bloody Bosnia

Hay Festival 1996, 
The EU negotiator has written a personal history of his three years in the former Yougoslavia - Balkan Odyssey. He talks to the BBC's Martin Bell, whose account of the same period is published as In Harm's Way.

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The New Yorker vs The Sunday Times

The Festival Debate

Hay Festival 1996, 
The American and British teams debate the topical issue of the moment.

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Paul Muldoon & Carol Ann Duffy

Hay Festival 1996, 
Muldoon reads from his New Selected Poems 1968-1994 launched at the Festival. "One of the era's true originals" - Seamus Heaney. Duffy reads from her Selected Poems. Duffy has one of the freshest and most idiosyncratic voices speaking in English Poetry today - Times

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Patrick Gale, Suzannah Dunn & Barbara Gowdy

Dangerous Pleasures

Hay Festival 1996, 
We are proud to launch Gale's new novel Dangerous Pleasures with this reading. Armistead Maupin hailed Gale's Facts of Life as "a monumental feat of imagination, achingly true and beautiful". Suzannah Dunn "writes in a loaded and knowing prose, a hip Edna O'Brien, or Murial Spark in a gymslip" - Glasgow Herald. She will read from her new novel Venus Flaring. The Canadian star Barbara Gowdy will read from Mr. Sandman - Margaret Atwood's choice as Book of the Year in the TLS.

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Valerie Grove

Dear Dodie

Hay Festival 1996, 
The Biographer and Times' columnist introduces her life of Dodie Smith, the playwright and novelist whose immortal classics include One Hundred and One Dalmations and I Capture the Castle.

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Ted Dexter talks to Frank Keating

A few words about Cricket

Hay Festival 1996, 
The former England Cricket Captain and Chairman of Selectors talks to the country's leading sports journalist Frank Keating, biographer of Graham Gooch.

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Mark Shand

Hay Festival 1996, 
The author of Travels On My Elephant and now Queen of the Elephants talks about his travels and his elephants - "A ripping yarn, told with wit and affection . . . wonderfully evocative" - The Times.

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Josephine Hart & Robert McCrum

Love and Death

Hay Festival 1996, 
Hart's novels Oblivion, Damage and Sin have explored erotic obsession and love and death with an intensity and "a spare eloquence that is utterly compelling" - Cosmopolitan. McCrum's new novel Suspicion is a similarly rivetting tale of Commandment-busting passion and transgression that is also hauntingly acute and frighteningly familiar. "A major talent . . . an effortless elegance that puts him immediately ahead of the competition" - Standard.

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Marsha Hunt & Diran Adebayo

Some Kind of Black

Hay Festival 1996, 
Why does nationality colour an author's perspective more than race? Is the SAGA Prize for Black British writers racist? SAGA Prize Founder Marsha Hunt talks to the first prize-winner Diran Adebayo author of Some Kind of Black about the Black British versus the African American experience. Hunt's Repossessing Emestine about her search for her lost grandmother is a searing story of discovery of the meaning of family and race in America.

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Eric Lomax talks to Rosie Boycott

The Railway Man

Hay Festival 1996, 
Lomax was tortured by the Japanese on the Burma-Siam railway. Fifty years later he met one of his tormentors. "An extraordinary story of torture and rconciliation - I turned the last page weeping tears of sorrow, pride and gratitude" - John McCarthy. Lomax' book The Railway Man is the Winner of the Esquire/Waterstone/Apple Non-Fiction Award.

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Richard Holmes

Hay Festival 1996, 
The greatest biographer of modern times talks about his search for "the personal life that is hidden in, and below, the printed page". Holmes' books include Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage, Coleridge - Early Visions and Footsteps - "a modern masterpiece which will be seen as revolutionary a work as Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians" - Michael Holroyd.

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Nick McDowell, Mary Kay Zuravleff, William Corlett

Some Kind of Loving

Hay Festival 1996, 
A reading and conversation with three new novelists. McDowell's The Wrong Girl is a "tightly written, unsettling revenge tragedy" - Observer. Corlett's award-winning novel Now and Then is a beautiful tale of the search for the lost and only love of Christopher Metcalfe's life - "intricately textured, beautifully written, and totally compelling" - Sian Phillips. Zuravleff's The Frequency of Souls is a novel about a refrigerator designer and his passion for another more inspired refigerator designer, the young Niagara Spence, six foot tall with a hearing aid.

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Richard E Grant talks to Bruce Robinson

With Nails

Hay Festival 1996, 
Immortalised as the alcoholic and unemployed - and unemployable - actor in Withnail and I, Grant talks to the writer and director who cast him as Withnail, and in the film How to Get Ahead In Advertising about his start and subsequent career in Hollywood movies by Altman, Coppola and Scorsese.

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Penelope Lively in conversation with Caroline Gascoigne

Hay Festival 1996, 
The novelist who won the Booker Prize for Moon Tiger discusses her work and her new book Heat Wave with the Deputy Editior of the Sunday Times Books Section.

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Helen Dunmore

Hay Festival 1997, 
Helen Dunmore won the first Orange Prize for A Spell of Winter. She reads from her short story collection Love of Fat Men, a wonderful exploration of family, love, sex danger and loss. Introduced and chaired by Terence Blacker.

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Redmond O'Hanlon's Congo Journey

Hay Festival 1997, 
The intrepid voyager and explorer tells the tale of his adventure into the heart of the African interior in search of a dinosaur in a lost prehistoric lake. "As funny as ever; the surprisingly dark vision, and his scary urge to gaze beyond the precipice of sanity, makes this a unique, messy masterpiece" The Sunday Times

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Michele Roberts

Impossible Saints

Hay Festival 1997, 
WH Smith Literary Award Winner Michele Roberts tells of the forbidden pleasures and pains of the love between father and daughter in the life and death of Saint Josephine: Holy woman or whore? Upholder of pious or pagan delights? Lowly nun or powerful miracle worker? Or both? "Some of the most voluptuous language since Joyce.. so rich, so crammed with stories, imagination and visions" - The Daily Mail

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Roy Strong

Meetings with Remarkable Women

Hay Festival 1997, 
The author's Diaries from his appointment as Director of The National Portrait Gallery in 1967 to his resignation from the V&A twenty years later do for the Arts World what Alan Clark's Diaries did for Politics. His memoirs are frank, scabrously witty, and savagely rue.

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Martin Amis

Preview - Night Train

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist previews his novella Night Train. Amis' novels include The Information, London Fields, The Rachel Papers, Other People, Times Arrow and Money, possibly the best book of the 1980's

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Harold Pinter

The PEN Reading

Hay Festival 1997, 
The playwright reads from his own work.

P.E.N. is an international organisation of playwrights, poets, essayists and novelists who defend and champion free speech throughout the world.

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Ian McEwan

Preview Enduring Love

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelist previews his novel Enduring Love. McEwan's books include Black Dogs, First Love Last Rites, The Innocent, A Child in Time, The Comfort of Strangers and The Cement Garden.

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Brian Patten

Armada

Hay Festival 1997, 
The poet reads from his new collection Armada. Patten's best-selling collections include Love Poems, The Mersey Sound, and Gargling With Jelly.

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Gerals Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan

How To Be A Minister

Hay Festival 1997, 
As the new administration settles in at Westminster, Gerald Kaufman talks to Keith Raffan about his authoritative guide to the process of government, an uproariously funny and scurrilous view of power.

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Sarah Dunant

Transgressions

Hay Festival 1997, 
Sarah Dunant's erotic thriller shifts the ground of her award-winning detective fiction onto a far more complex and contentious plane.

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David Lodge

The Practice of Writing

Hay Festival 1997, 
The novelest analyses the writing game, examining the mysterious process of creativity with a sharp eye for the subtleties of the different techniques needed for novels, plays, screenplays and adaptations.

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